Monday, December 27, 2010

Real Repentance Begins When ?

Repentance, Sorrow, and Fruit

Real repentance begins when we are truly sorry for our sins. This “godly sorrow” makes no excuses, takes full responsibility, and never places blame on people, society, or circumstances. It acknowledges that our sin is primarily against God. Godly sorrow produces true repentance and a changed life. (2 Corinthians 7:10; Psalm 32:5)

On the other hand, “worldly sorrow” only produces excuses. While godly sorrow is having a broken heart when we realize we have offended a holy God, worldly sorrow is being sorry we got caught, or being sorry we have to suffer the consequences of sin. The ultimate difference between godly sorrow and worldly sorrow is the fruit. Worldly sorrow never produces the fruit of a changed life; it only produces spiritual death. (Acts 26:20; Matthew 3:8)
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